Soft daytime glam | Easy, everyday makeup feat. theBalm

I *looove* a good lived-in makeup look. Surprisingly, though, they took me a while to perfect (or, should I say, imperfect). But I’ve been practicing a ton, and I am so happy with how this daytime glam look came out!

To start, I used my standard base combo: Bali Body’s BB Cream (I’m in the shade Natural), Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer (Light Neutral) and Glossier‘s Wowder setting/blotting powder (Light/Medium). I also took some Shape Tape onto my eyelids for a more even base.

I love the subtle cat-eye shape I created with the help of Chanel’s Le Crayon Yeux eye pencil in the shade 01 – Noir.

Seldom to I wear eyeliner the “normal” way. I typically smudge it on my lower lash line, the create a wing on the upper lash like to accentuate my eye shape. I love creating a super-tiny wing, like this one, to make the look more appropriate for daytime.

My hack is to hide the less-than-perfect lines by smudging a matte black eyeshadow on top. (I used the shade Let’s Do It by ColourPop, which seems to no longer be available.) I applied it with a standard pencil brush, then used a small fluffy brush to really blend it.

Instead of eyeshadow, which can be really time-consuming, I put two layers of Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude on my lids. This is one of the most stunning, sparkly products I’ve ever used. I am in love with the diffused glow–perfect for using all-over the eyelid.

I finished up the eyes by adding a matte bone shade (by ColourPop) to highlight my brow bones and inner corners, added two coats of Glossier‘s Boy Brow in Brown and two coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. (Recently, I’m not thrilled with any mascaras I’ve tried, so send recommendations my way.)

All my readers know how much I love a glowing, bronzed look, but I feel that doesn’t really work with these old-school glam vibes. To warm-up my face without going full-glam, I added a small amount of Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Matte Skinstick in the shade Mocha to the hollows of my cheeks, my temples and along my hairline. This product is super easy to blend out with your fingers! For a more diffused look, I added theBalm’s Bahama Mama matte bronzer/contour on top using a fluffy powder brush from ColourPop.

I can’t go without highlighter! For this look I went with theBalm’s Bonnie-Dew Manizer, a new take on a classic favorite, and pressed it into my cheekbones and Cupid’s bow for a softer, lit-from-within glow. This highlighter is intense, making it is extremely easy to go overboard, so I worked using very light layers until I achieved my ideal golden glow. Then, I set everything with MAC’s Fix+.

Terracotta lip colors are definitely a favorite of mine, but for a more casual occasion (such as work), I like to go for a more “melted” look. I always prep with Glossier‘s Balm Dotcom in Coconut before I start my makeup, so that my lips are ready for color by the time I’m all done.

By blotting the lipstick (today I’m wearing Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta) in the center of my lips, then rubbing them together, I can easily create the diffused, daytime look I’m after–no lip liner necessary! I do this 2 or 3 times for more color payoff.

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